Attica Scott Makes History With Kentucky State Legislature Win

Scott will be the first black female to serve in this position in nearly two decades.

Attica Scott

After almost two decades without a black female serving in state legislature, Attica Scott is making history with her May 17th win at the Kentucky Democratic Primary. Facing no Republican challengers, Scott is headed straight for the Kentucky House in January 2017. Additionally, Scott beat out conservative Democrat Tom Riner, winning 54% of the votes to his 31%.

“It’s historical but it also sends a message that people realize that we’re trying to move Kentucky forward and the only way we’re going to do that is if we do it together. It’s such a sense of humility to think that such a diverse district decided to put their votes in me over someone who had name recognition, history and three decades of service. I appreciate them, the voters in the district,” Scott told Huffington Post about her win.

As a mother and community leader, Scott was not necessarily looking for such an involved political position. However, she ran for office because she felt it would create a powerful synergy between her interest in activism and her degrees in Political Science and Communications.  Her experience serving on the state metro council for four years and working as an executive director for the Kentucky social services organization—KY Jobs With Justice— certainly made her a more marketable candidate.

Her involvement with issues such as labor unions and single parent healthcare gave Scott a secret agenda in tow with her political ambitions. “I believe that as black people and as women we have got to serve in office. Kentucky ranks 42 of 50 states in its number of women in its state legislature, which is unacceptable. I answered the call to serve and I’m gonna work to encourage other women, especially young women, to answer that call as well,” Scott said.

A proud supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement, Scott played a vocal role in the death of Gynna McMillen. She was only 16 years old and died in a juvenile detention center after a martial arts move was used to restrain her. With her pro-labor, pro-worker, pro-woman, pro-black, pro-immigrant, pro-woman of color, pro-young people mindset, it’s no surprise that Scott feels strongly about the prevalent injustices against young black people.

“Quite frankly, I believe we need restorative justice policies and practices. We need to stop criminalizing our kids, the young people who are trying to learn from their mistakes, we need to have policies that address their educational attainment, opportunities in their communities for them to make a living, rather than criminalizing them for mistakes that they’re making as young people who are frustrated with the society we’ve created,” she said.

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